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A dark jewel of a novella, this definitive edition of Caitlín R. Kiernan’s Black Helicopters is the expanded and completed version of the World Fantasy Award-nominated original. Just as the Signalman stood and faced the void in Agents of Dreamland, so it falls to Ptolema, a chess piece in her agency’s world-spanning game, to unravel what has become tangled and unknowable. So A dark jewel of a novella, this definitive edition of Caitlín R. Kiernan’s Black Helicopters is the expanded and completed version of the World Fantasy Award-nominated original. Just as the Signalman stood and faced the void in Agents of Dreamland, so it falls to Ptolema, a chess piece in her agency’s world-spanning game, to unravel what has become tangled and unknowable. Something strange is happening on the shores of New England. Something stranger still is happening to the world itself, chaos unleashed, rational explanation slipped loose from the moorings of the known. Two rival agencies stare across the Void at one another. Two sisters, the deadly, sickened products of experiments going back decades, desperately evade their hunters. An invisible war rages at the fringes of our world, with unimaginable consequences and Lovecraftian horrors that ripple centuries into the future.


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A dark jewel of a novella, this definitive edition of Caitlín R. Kiernan’s Black Helicopters is the expanded and completed version of the World Fantasy Award-nominated original. Just as the Signalman stood and faced the void in Agents of Dreamland, so it falls to Ptolema, a chess piece in her agency’s world-spanning game, to unravel what has become tangled and unknowable. So A dark jewel of a novella, this definitive edition of Caitlín R. Kiernan’s Black Helicopters is the expanded and completed version of the World Fantasy Award-nominated original. Just as the Signalman stood and faced the void in Agents of Dreamland, so it falls to Ptolema, a chess piece in her agency’s world-spanning game, to unravel what has become tangled and unknowable. Something strange is happening on the shores of New England. Something stranger still is happening to the world itself, chaos unleashed, rational explanation slipped loose from the moorings of the known. Two rival agencies stare across the Void at one another. Two sisters, the deadly, sickened products of experiments going back decades, desperately evade their hunters. An invisible war rages at the fringes of our world, with unimaginable consequences and Lovecraftian horrors that ripple centuries into the future.

30 review for Black Helicopters

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jason

    5 Stars Black Helicopters by Caitlin R. Kiernan is a new weird horror novella by one of my very, very, favorite authors writing today. I am a massive fan boy of all things written by Kiernan. She is my favorite horror author, often writing lovecraft-like stories twisted with the new weird. Her writing is off the charts and other often require the reader to work with it and to delve into it. Caitlin R. Kiernan will change your world if you are willing to do some work to allow yourself to be trans 5 Stars Black Helicopters by Caitlin R. Kiernan is a new weird horror novella by one of my very, very, favorite authors writing today. I am a massive fan boy of all things written by Kiernan. She is my favorite horror author, often writing lovecraft-like stories twisted with the new weird. Her writing is off the charts and other often require the reader to work with it and to delve into it. Caitlin R. Kiernan will change your world if you are willing to do some work to allow yourself to be transported into the dark, dirty, and often scary corners of her mind. Black Helicopters is a difficult read and often somewhat incomprehensible... But, it is magical in a way that only words can convey. Influenced by Lovecraft and Poe and many others it is an atmospheric horror story that spans hundreds of years. It would make a fabulous full length novel. I loved it. I gush because I love this author, this woman, this true story teller. She truly is a favorite of mine and I hope that you to give her a try...

  2. 4 out of 5

    Tim Martin

    I am going to be upfront and honest about this book and say it outright; I didn’t understand this book. I don’t quite know what happened through the story, the central theme, the motivations of the main characters, or even at times who the main characters were. I gather from the reviews and my understanding of the story it involved perhaps some sort of quantum entanglement between two people, of how their actions impacted each other not only at the same time but throughout time and space. I thin I am going to be upfront and honest about this book and say it outright; I didn’t understand this book. I don’t quite know what happened through the story, the central theme, the motivations of the main characters, or even at times who the main characters were. I gather from the reviews and my understanding of the story it involved perhaps some sort of quantum entanglement between two people, of how their actions impacted each other not only at the same time but throughout time and space. I think. The book wasn’t easy to digest. It read like an anthology, with different chapters involving different characters at different times, whether it was spies in Dublin in 2012, people on a ship sailing outside the ruins of Old Boston in a world of significantly higher sea levels in 2112, to a web journalist covering suicides for a paying audience (eww) in “Atlanta/Manhattan” in 2035, to two women fighting invading shoggoths (ah at last Lovecraftian creatures like in _Agents of Dreamland_) in Stonington, Maine in 2012, to the spaceship _Nautilus-IV_ in orbit over the Martian northern pole in 2152, with still more chapters in different settings…there were just too many different viewpoints and characters, several only getting one or two chapters. It is not that any chapters were bad, well except for the chapters following the person covering suicides, they were bad, as those chapters also suffered from at times being rambling, lots of long strings of strange words or nonsense phrases, at times incomprehensible, and even when coherent was filled with a lot of slang and pop culture words that made no sense to me. A number of other chapters were actually quite good. The chapters detailing the Lovecraftian critter invasion in Maine were gripping, I really liked the Dublin spy chapters, I would have gladly read more about the _Nautilus-IV_ (as an odd a fit as it was), and overall the writing was good and sometimes great. It just lacked any sort of (for me) binding glue to make it a coherent novel, and it felt like stream of consciousness writing (some chapters more than others, but definitely the book as a whole). I really liked _Agents of Dreamland_ and would have loved a sequel or prequel or sidequel to that novella. Though the Signalman gets a cameo, this book isn’t really a continuation, just a series of short stories set in the same universe. It is still Lovecraftian, kind of, but only in a few chapters. Instead of a great blend of modern X-Files-ish conspiracy theories and secret government agents and spies with Lovecraftian horrors, the Lovecraftian elements simply get overwhelmed by everything else. Good when they are there but crowded out by everything else. Another observation was that one of the characters in _Agents of Dreamland_, the woman by the name of Immacolata Sexton (who as far as I can tell is absent from this book) had flashbacks of the past and flashforwards of possible futures. They fit _Agents of Dreamland_, weren’t confusing, were gripping, and really developed the rest of the novella. Here though the jumping around in time just muddied the waters a lot, especially since the jumping around wasn’t anchored either by the same characters or the same overall threat as it was with Immacolata Sexton. I certainly didn’t dislike the book, it read fast, and I would still definitely read more in the series, hoping it got back to its roots in _Agents of Dreamland_. This is definitely a work of a talented author, just it lacked coherence and a clear driving narrative for me.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Steve

    I don't know why I keep trying to read Lovecraft-influenced books. With very few exceptions, I don't like them, I don't like the threat of the eternal darkness, and they generally don't end well. Yet I still keep picking them up, hoping for something different. I guess it's the eternal optimist in me. Ironic, no?

  4. 4 out of 5

    Still

    I am so glad to be finished with reading this slightly expanded novella. At the end of the book, the author admits to having padded out the original piece by adding 5 or 6 additional chapters. For me this was a frustrating read. The narrative zipping back and forth in time and shifting to assorted characters' points of view. Lots of strutting out Wm S Burroughsian passages here and there but why the pseudo-beat riffing? Why not just tell the goddamn story minus the quantum mathematics? It's all my fa I am so glad to be finished with reading this slightly expanded novella. At the end of the book, the author admits to having padded out the original piece by adding 5 or 6 additional chapters. For me this was a frustrating read. The narrative zipping back and forth in time and shifting to assorted characters' points of view. Lots of strutting out Wm S Burroughsian passages here and there but why the pseudo-beat riffing? Why not just tell the goddamn story minus the quantum mathematics? It's all my fault. I was so impressed with Kiernan's that I expected more of same. I wanted more Lovecraftian shoggoths. No author should be held accountable for failing to thrill me, let alone entertain me. Very tiresome stuff. I'm so happy to get back to noirish crime thrillers. Starting later tonight. There's no place like home.

  5. 4 out of 5

    David

    The recently published Author's Definitive Edition of Black Helicopters weaves a fascinating yet abstract and fragmented tale of cosmic horror that leaves you wanting for more clarity, but also leaves you thinking about it long after you are finished. Having the events and mindf*cks of the book stay in your head is a triumph for the book. Cosmic horror is known to keep ideas vague and fragmented, to play deeply on the fear of the unknown, and to reveal only enough to creep you out and move the sto The recently published Author's Definitive Edition of Black Helicopters weaves a fascinating yet abstract and fragmented tale of cosmic horror that leaves you wanting for more clarity, but also leaves you thinking about it long after you are finished. Having the events and mindf*cks of the book stay in your head is a triumph for the book. Cosmic horror is known to keep ideas vague and fragmented, to play deeply on the fear of the unknown, and to reveal only enough to creep you out and move the story. I felt Black Helicopters accomplished this well, but too well. One wants to be able to follow a thread between the fragments, and Kiernan obfuscates where that thread is sometimes. Conceptually, it was fascinating, and the implications for her overall universe are important. But, I can say I enjoyed the clarity of purpose and refinement of Agents of Dreamland much more. I definitely want to read more in this universe, but I hope that she taps into the page turning focus of Agents of Dreamland more than the fragmented storytelling of Black Helicopters. There was one specific part where I was truly intrigued, and the characters had a long conversation in french. My french is rusted beyond the pale, and unable to translate it at the moment, I put the book down and finished another book. When I came back, I came back with google translate in hand and burned through it. Funny enough, at the end, you get to relive the scene with the dialogue translated. So... I could have gone through it the first time, but to be honest, I didn't want to miss that conversation the first time. The art of this book is the details, hints, and ideas wrapped in shadows, and Kiernan knows we are smart enough to add many of them up. Still, I stand firm with my desire for the focus of Agents, which was perfect.

  6. 5 out of 5

    James

    fuck, math! if 5 stars is 100 points, then 2 stars is 40 points (just go with it, it may make sense soon)... this book gets 32 of those 40 points for the references and paleontology and quotations, and 8 points for the narrative... the Cthulhu elements were rather extremely weak, if non-existent nearly, except possibly in implication... sure, Shoggoths and the Old Ones and Lovecraft were words in the text, but as parts of the tale? i must have missed that... Kiernan has a broad mind (and no, tha fuck, math! if 5 stars is 100 points, then 2 stars is 40 points (just go with it, it may make sense soon)... this book gets 32 of those 40 points for the references and paleontology and quotations, and 8 points for the narrative... the Cthulhu elements were rather extremely weak, if non-existent nearly, except possibly in implication... sure, Shoggoths and the Old Ones and Lovecraft were words in the text, but as parts of the tale? i must have missed that... Kiernan has a broad mind (and no, that's not "broad" as a sexist referral) and is obviously well-read, or at least well-versed in google-ing and has good research assistants... plenty of fame-dropping in the Acknowledgements post-tale, but those mentioned seem to be a "who's who/who's what" of texts and such one "should use to fill out a novella of strangeness... call me what you will, it doesn't take much to glom together famous passages, cryptic comments, historical happenings, lines in various languages (untranslated for affect??), multiple timelines, etc... i felt this to be a pastiche of concepts and themes that never coalesced effectively... plenty of "mystery" and "secrets" and "unknown/unexplained", but not much beginning-to-end story... i love apt interdictions/interruptions/inter alias, but not at the expense of telling me a tale... a bit too heavy on symbolism and exotica, not enough of a point to it...

  7. 5 out of 5

    Maggie Gordon

    I wanted to love Black Helicopters a lot more than I did. I thought it would be much more connected to Agents of Dreamland, but the relation is much less robust than I imagined. Beware being disappointed if you are looking for a sequel. Black Helicopters exists in the same universe, but it deals with its own set of characters and weird magical/paranormal happenings. The tale is told in a non-linear manner, so at times it is hard to parce what is going on. By the end, I get what Kiernan was tryin I wanted to love Black Helicopters a lot more than I did. I thought it would be much more connected to Agents of Dreamland, but the relation is much less robust than I imagined. Beware being disappointed if you are looking for a sequel. Black Helicopters exists in the same universe, but it deals with its own set of characters and weird magical/paranormal happenings. The tale is told in a non-linear manner, so at times it is hard to parce what is going on. By the end, I get what Kiernan was trying to do, I just don't think the book really worked. Some chapters felt superfluous, while others felt like they needed much more content. There is a core of a really neat idea, but I was not wowed in how it was presented or resolved.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Himanish Prabhakar

    My review is 4 stars. This book is very weird one for I call it horror but I really enjoyed it, as it has something in there that is definitely going to attract you and in a very good way. The characters are awesome but the superstar of the book is the story, pretty weird but damn good. This is my first read by the author and I really enjoyed it and now I'm going to read more from her. When I heard that this book is based on the Lovecraft that is actually what attracted me and I liked it and I def My review is 4 stars. This book is very weird one for I call it horror but I really enjoyed it, as it has something in there that is definitely going to attract you and in a very good way. The characters are awesome but the superstar of the book is the story, pretty weird but damn good. This is my first read by the author and I really enjoyed it and now I'm going to read more from her. When I heard that this book is based on the Lovecraft that is actually what attracted me and I liked it and I definitely recommend to my fellow readers.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Dave

    Caitlín R. Kiernan’s Black Helicopters is a taught and surreal thriller. Murder, time travel and madness are the least of what is going on here. The novella begins in a version of Dublin painted in magnificent detail that gives life to picture of real city. Keirnan portrays recognizable sight and sound and smells and that masterfully grants a sense of how any great or near great city is never the same, never as good as they last time it was visited. Time moves on and cities somehow diminish and Caitlín R. Kiernan’s Black Helicopters is a taught and surreal thriller. Murder, time travel and madness are the least of what is going on here. The novella begins in a version of Dublin painted in magnificent detail that gives life to picture of real city. Keirnan portrays recognizable sight and sound and smells and that masterfully grants a sense of how any great or near great city is never the same, never as good as they last time it was visited. Time moves on and cities somehow diminish and we are all changed as a result. read the rest of my review at https://thebrazenbull.com/books/2018/03/20/black-helicopters-authors-definitive-edition-review/

  10. 5 out of 5

    Amy Sturgis

    I adore Kiernan's writing, and her allusions always have a depth and resonance I greatly appreciate, but this time-hopping tale had more ellipses than substance. Its sibling novella, Agents of Dreamland, was a similar prose mosiac, but all of the little puzzle pieces came together in a satisfying way for a dramatic conclusion. This just felt scattered without resolution. Or perhaps it simply reflects its origins as a shorter work that was "padded out" for later re-release. At any rate, I enjoyed I adore Kiernan's writing, and her allusions always have a depth and resonance I greatly appreciate, but this time-hopping tale had more ellipses than substance. Its sibling novella, Agents of Dreamland, was a similar prose mosiac, but all of the little puzzle pieces came together in a satisfying way for a dramatic conclusion. This just felt scattered without resolution. Or perhaps it simply reflects its origins as a shorter work that was "padded out" for later re-release. At any rate, I enjoyed the act of reading it -- it certainly set a mood -- but I'm less enthusiastic now that I've read it. Agents of Dreamland works perfectly well as a stand-alone work without this.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Ysabeaux

    I loved Kiernan's Agents of Dreamland, and expected to love this one just as much, but unfortunately it fell a little flat for me. The non-linear timeline of AoD worked because it felt like it was all coming together to a big reveal at the end, but it didn't work here at all. I feel like nothing really happened in this one, just a lot of crazy people using really big words to make the story seem smarter than it really was. This one felt like a series of vignettes, all told in different times fro I loved Kiernan's Agents of Dreamland, and expected to love this one just as much, but unfortunately it fell a little flat for me. The non-linear timeline of AoD worked because it felt like it was all coming together to a big reveal at the end, but it didn't work here at all. I feel like nothing really happened in this one, just a lot of crazy people using really big words to make the story seem smarter than it really was. This one felt like a series of vignettes, all told in different times from different perspectives, but none of them actually ended up having anything to do with the rest or coming together to form a larger narrative so it was a very jarring and disjointed read. I didn't hate it, there were parts that I was more invested in, but overall it felt like kind of a waste of time. It didn't add anything to the experience of reading AoD, which it is loosely connected to. And, as with AoD, it almost felt like it was all leading up to something that then never actually happened. I'm pretty disappointed, but still very curious to read more of this author's work.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Atleb

    Disjointed with needless rants in French Preorder based on the strength of tone and sense of doom of last book, but not sure if will bother finishing it. So far each chapter is a random time jump, with a lack of character beyond the timestamp to properly set the stage,much less anchor the story. And then a multi page rant in, because hey - for no reason - French. Porquio? Whilst got the gist, and kindle has translate, it disrupts an already disjointed experience (and this time in all the bad ways)

  13. 4 out of 5

    Elle Maruska

    This was really, really good. A wonderful example of how you can write a sprawling story that spans time, space, distance, and even dimensions all in a single novella. The author unravels countless threads and even pulls some of them together in not that many pages so each word is important, each word is relevant and necessary. Sharp and hazy at the same time, this is an excellent story about twins, shoggoths, the end (or ends) of the world, super-secret intelligence agencies, human experimentat This was really, really good. A wonderful example of how you can write a sprawling story that spans time, space, distance, and even dimensions all in a single novella. The author unravels countless threads and even pulls some of them together in not that many pages so each word is important, each word is relevant and necessary. Sharp and hazy at the same time, this is an excellent story about twins, shoggoths, the end (or ends) of the world, super-secret intelligence agencies, human experimentation, assassins, and loss. Definitely recommend!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Ingrid

    Si en Agents of Dreamland ya me costó coger el hilo al principio (cuando la leí en inglés). Esta es más caótica aún. No sólo por los saltos temporales y de personajes de los capítulos. Usa mucho slang, hay algunos párrafos o frases sueltas en francés (por suerte no lo tengo tan oxidado como para no entenderlo), y palabras sueltas en alemán, japonés y hebreo. Incluso una pizca de spanglish. Aún así, la prosa de Kiernan para mí sigue siendo hipnótica y oscura. Y la he disfrutado. Ojalá lo traduzcan i Si en Agents of Dreamland ya me costó coger el hilo al principio (cuando la leí en inglés). Esta es más caótica aún. No sólo por los saltos temporales y de personajes de los capítulos. Usa mucho slang, hay algunos párrafos o frases sueltas en francés (por suerte no lo tengo tan oxidado como para no entenderlo), y palabras sueltas en alemán, japonés y hebreo. Incluso una pizca de spanglish. Aún así, la prosa de Kiernan para mí sigue siendo hipnótica y oscura. Y la he disfrutado. Ojalá lo traduzcan igual que hicieron con Agents of Dreamland y pueda disfrutar también la relectura de este.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Debra Manskey

    I unreservedly loved this - so much I read it twice in between frantic bouts of study. Having said that, this is not for the faint of heart. Like most of Kiernan's work, Black Helicopters is dark and complex, and I think requires a degree of commitment by the reader to wend their way through the maze of viewpoints and timelines. It's an expanded short story set in the same universe as Agents of Dreamland but this is a very different beast. If you like Kiernan's brand of dark horror you'll probab I unreservedly loved this - so much I read it twice in between frantic bouts of study. Having said that, this is not for the faint of heart. Like most of Kiernan's work, Black Helicopters is dark and complex, and I think requires a degree of commitment by the reader to wend their way through the maze of viewpoints and timelines. It's an expanded short story set in the same universe as Agents of Dreamland but this is a very different beast. If you like Kiernan's brand of dark horror you'll probably really enjoy the experience too. Highly recommended.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Myo Denis

    I saw some less-than-enthusiastic reviews of this novella, but I have to say I quite enjoyed it, apart from some minor impatience with one of the narrative voices whose speech was so idiosyncratic as to be hard to follow at times. But overall I found the tale fascinating, and as a die-hard Lovecraft fan was was especially tickled to come across a Cthulhu-mythos-inspired thread running through the story. The back-and-forth temporal jumps required keeping track of, but nonetheless contributed to t I saw some less-than-enthusiastic reviews of this novella, but I have to say I quite enjoyed it, apart from some minor impatience with one of the narrative voices whose speech was so idiosyncratic as to be hard to follow at times. But overall I found the tale fascinating, and as a die-hard Lovecraft fan was was especially tickled to come across a Cthulhu-mythos-inspired thread running through the story. The back-and-forth temporal jumps required keeping track of, but nonetheless contributed to the overall richness. Highly recommended if, you know, you like this sort of thing.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Theresa

    I hadn't read the original chapbook before, so I can't compare this revised and updated edition, but I did enjoy how it tied into Kiernan's previous Signalman novella, Agents of Dreamland. This was a complex spider's web of different timelines and characters, disorienting and bizarre and distressing. Kiernan is truly one of the best fantasy authors around. I just slightly enjoyed Agents a bit more and would recommend reading that before this.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Tim Buck

    This is a great story on several fronts. The settings are vividly portrayed; especially Dublin and Maine. And the characters, oh my; they may or not be real. The words “noir” and “dystopian” are apt. This novel is challenging and imaginative. The non-linear time line (time dilation?) is used in a delightfully effective manner to cast the shadowy agencies attempting to run or ruin things. Awesome read!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Thomas

    For years, I had written off Kiernan for being a little too loosey-goosey in her style, for having a bit more form than function. Last year's Agents of Dreamland surprised me, though, enough for me to pre-order Black Helicopters, which I took to be a continuation of that story. It is and it isn't, though; it's an expanded revision of a story originally published only in a limited release through Subterranean Press which loosely ties in to Agents of Dreamland. In a way, that's good, since it mean For years, I had written off Kiernan for being a little too loosey-goosey in her style, for having a bit more form than function. Last year's Agents of Dreamland surprised me, though, enough for me to pre-order Black Helicopters, which I took to be a continuation of that story. It is and it isn't, though; it's an expanded revision of a story originally published only in a limited release through Subterranean Press which loosely ties in to Agents of Dreamland. In a way, that's good, since it means readers can find an affordable copy of the book; on the other hand, it isn't really a part of a series as much as it's in the same universe. The story has a Lovecraftian bent to it, like Agents did, but it's buried beneath another story that jumps through time and isn't easy to follow. It doesn't help that one entire chapter is written mostly in French, and it further doesn't help to discover after I had done all the impromptu translations through my Kindle that the chapter is reproduced in an appendix, fully translated. In short, Kiernan doesn't make this story approachable, which doesn't surprise me, but it does disappoint me that it wasn't as straightforward as Agents. I won't give up on Kiernan, since I enjoyed Agents as much as I did, but I'm a little more hesitant to pick up anything she writes. I'll be more selective in picking up my next book of hers to read. I do think readers who like thoughtful, Lovecraftian fiction (Thomas Ligotti comes to mind) might like this book better than I did.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Nathanael

    I really enjoyed this book, but, fair warning, it is a weird ass book. There are entire chapters that are borderline incomprehensible. One features dialogue almost entirely in French. And yet it all works somehow and left me wanting more stories set in this strange, Lovecraftian take on the world. Now to read Agents of Dreamland and hope for sequels.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Mike

    I wish it tied closer to Agents of Dreamland, though some of the organizations mentioned there are present here as well. Ultimately, I guess they'd each make up a story about one of the agencies. As it was, this jumped around a bit, and I'm not sure it was all necessary. Sometimes it seemed confusing for the sake of being confusing.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    If you've read Black Helicopters in its original chap-book form, or in a Kiernan anthology, you haven't read the entire story. Due to publishing constraints, Kiernan didn't type out the story as she saw it in her head, she had to leave out several chapters. In this current publication, those ditched chapters are back, this is Black Helicopters as it was intended to be experienced.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    it's hard to ever say what exactly is going on in a kiernan novel, but you know it isn't good and again, we have a lovecraftian horror coming from the deep, crossing time and space, and that might not even be the scariest thing going on i love the way kiernan always keeps something back, leaves a hole for the reader's mind to fill in

  24. 4 out of 5

    steven duane

    A nice companion piece to 'agents of dreamland' Not really a sequel to, I would say a companion piece to her great novel 'agents of dreamland'. The story flows in a non-linear manner which is pretty easy to follow. I would purchase again. -steven

  25. 5 out of 5

    Dennis

    I enjoyed Agents of Dreamland very much. This book has such a different feel to it and as other reviewers have stated, I struggled to keep up with what was going on. I read words and understood words but had no idea of the story the author was trying to tell.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kendra

    Oooh, chess as a metaphor. Oooh, chess as a plot device. Oooh, chess as an overused cliche. Some interesting ideas, but also a mess.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Liz

    I really wanted to love this book but the nonlinear narrative just doesn’t work for me.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Becky Spratford

    Review coming to Booklist and the blog soon

  29. 5 out of 5

    Audrey

    What in the world did I just read?

  30. 5 out of 5

    Philip Herendeen

    I couldn't finish this book, maybe I'll come back and try. I'm still unsure why there was a chapter that was 90% in French, I hope I didn't miss anything important.

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